The Team

At the Brislington Village Pre-school we have 14 members of staff who are committed to the wellbeing of all children.  All staff continually seek to improve their knowledge through training for the outcomes of the children.
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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Level 4 Early Years practitioner

Level 4 Certificate in Early Years practice

 

Diploma of Higher Education Open

  • Lead Child Protection Officer            

  • First Aider                            

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Manager Child Protection Training

  • Risk Assessment Officer

Nicola Aldridge
Owner & Company Director
Employed:- 11 years
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My name is Nicola, and I started at what was originally called The Village Pre-school in September 2010 as an Early Years Practitioner.  I became the manager in April 2014 and I took over the pre-school as a private limited company in September 2015.  I started working with children by running a toddler playgroup.  I thoroughly enjoyed doing this role so I enrolled at University and obtained my level 4 certificate in Early years practice and went on to receive my diploma in higher education.   I have 3 children, two of whom are teenagers.  I have one dog and a cat.  I enjoy watching drama, keeping fit and socialising with friends and family.

Christine Laing
Manager
Employed:- 5.5 years
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Level 3 Early Years practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

 

Level 3 Diploma in Management

 

  • Deputy Child Protection Officer

  • Key Person

  • First Aider

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Manager Child Protection Training

  • Bristol Standard

My name is Chrissy and I am a mother of two children aged 7 and 10 years old.  From the age of 14 years old I wanted a career in childcare.  I have been working with children for 22 years.  I began in a private day nursery and then moved onto working in a school before taking on a manager's role at The Brislington Village Pre-School.  When at home my passion is baking, family days out to parks and beaches.  I enjoy eating out with friends, watching documentaries, real-life drama and soaps.

Sara Pearce
Deputy Manager
Employed:- 1.5 years

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My name is Sara and I have worked in Early years for 20 years.  I started working in a nursery and then moved onto being an Early years assessor for 11 years.  I  returned a couple of years ago to the nursery environment.  I have two children, both boys,  aged 8 and 16 years old.  I am also a qualified ball room dancer and I run business with my dad teaching children to ball room dance.  In my spare time I like to knit, crochet and making dens in the woods with my children.

 

Level 3 Early Years practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

  • Key Person

  • First Aider

  • Child Protection Training

  • Communication and Language Lead

  • EAL Lead

ROOM LEADERS

Megan Tucker

Room Leader - Caterpillars

SENCO

Employed:- 2 years

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Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

  • Key Person

  • First Aider

  • Child Protection Training

I have been working in childcare for 2 years gaining my Level 3 qualification in July 2019.  I enjoy swimming, long walks along the beach and watching the latest series. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. 

Phobie Barnett

Level 3 Senior Early Years Practitioner

Acting Room Leader - Butterflies

Employed:- 1 year 

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Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

  • Key Person

  • Child Protection Training

  • First Aider

I have been working and gaining experience in the early years sector for the past two years and I have achieved my level 3 qualification.  In my free time I enjoy reading, go cycling and spend time with my family and younger cousins.

EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONERS

Karen Norman
Early Years Practitioner
Employed:- 3 years

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Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and

Education

 

  • First Aider

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Key Person

  • Child Protection Training

  • Forest school Leader

I have worked as an Early years practitioner for over 30 years.  I am Level 3 qualified in Early years.  I have 2 grown up children.  I love the outdoors.  I am a keen cyclist and a hockey player.  I also enjoy time away in the caravan.


Becca Smith
Fire Warden
Employed:- 6 years

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Level 4 Early Years Practitioner

Level 4 Certificate of higher education in Early Years professional practice

Studying BA Hons Childhood and Youth Studies

 

  • Key Person

  • First Aider

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Forest School Assistant

  • Fire Warden

  • Advanced Child Protection Training

I have gained a Level 4 ‘Certificate of higher education in Early Years professional practice' and I am continuing my studies at the Open University to gain a degree in Childhood Youth studies.  I am a mum of one son.  I enjoy reading, learning about new topics, arts and crafts.

Samantha Alton

Early Years Practitioner

Employed:-3 years

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Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

  • Key Person

  • Child Protection Training

  • First Aider

I have a passion for the Early years and I have worked in Europe for several years in the European and International schools.  I have a love for outdoor learning and working with loose parts and bring this into our pre-school setting.  Out of work I enjoy spending time with my family and going for walks with our dog, looking for fairies in the woods!

Kayleigh Pring

Early Years Practitioner

Employed:- 2 years

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Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and

Education

  • Key Person

  • Child Protection Training

Michelle Gay
Early Years Practitioner
Employed:- 4 months
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Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

  • Key person

  • Child protection training

Rabbia Darr

Pre-School Assistant

Employed:- 2 years

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Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning

  • Key Person

  • First Aider

  • Child Protection Training

I am a mum of 2 young boys. I am level 3 qualified in supporting teaching and learning in primary school.  I have a degree in psychology and fine arts.  I can speak Urdu and Punjabi.  I enjoy sketching and drawing in my spare time and reading non-fiction stories.

Josephine Elliott

Apprentice

Employed:- 1 year

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Apprentice - Studying Level 3 Early years childcare

  • Key Person

  • Child Protection Training

Administration

Gill Hutton
Company Secretary
Office Manager
Employed:- 18 years
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Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Administration

  • Advanced Child Protection

I am a mum of two adult boys who both attended this pre-school.  I joined in 2004 when my youngest was 3 years old as a mother helper and then worked in finance doing payroll.  I went on to qualify as a level 3 early years practitioner. I go to Zumba every week and I am a keen swimmer. I also enjoy walking my son’s dog every day and I am an avid reader. I now have a lovely grandson who is a couple of months old.


April Blackmore
  Health & Safety Officer
Employed:- 10.5 years
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Office Administrator

Level 3 in Childcare and Education

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Fire Warden

  • Advanced Child Protection Training

  • E Safety Officer

  • First Aider

My name is April and I have worked in Early years for 10 years, I started as a parent volunteer when my children attended this pre-school and I went on to take my level 3 qualification.  I have 2 children aged 15 and 19 years old. I enjoy all sorts of craft making, painting and crochet.  I am a member of the Brislington's WI.  I like to have weekends away with my friends and family to explore the countryside.

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